Yosemite – October 16 -17

The Beloved and I snuck away for a weekend away from responsibilities (read: children) a few weeks ago.

Because we didn’t need to accomodate little legs, we were free to try different hikes in Yosemite National Park. Here, we climbed to the top of Sentinel Dome and had a gorgeous view of Half Dome and the valley beyond it.

Half Dome from Sentinel Dome

Half Dome from Sentinel DomeThe valley from Sentinel Dome

the valley from Sentinel DomeI’m dying to paint this scene I photographed on a walk to Mirror Lake. I’m not sure why. It might be the mysterious black spot in the rocks?

on the walk to Mirror Lake in YosemiteOverall, it was a wonderful weekend.

Peaceful Weekend

Now that the summer heat seems to have finally passed, we are taking a renewed interest in the great outdoors and working on our property.

This weekend, we cleaned out one stall of the barn so we can fill it with a hay for the winter and composted a large pile of old hay. We also cleared the vegetable garden. It felt so good to see progress outside after feeling trapped inside by the summer heat.

We discovered a few issues that we need to address. Bermuda grass is attempting to take over one of my raised vegetable beds so I am looking into an organic solution. So far, I’ve read that spreading corn gluten as a pre-emergent and spraying vinegar on the existing plants may help, but not at this time of year. At the moment, I haven’t found any solution attacking the rhizomes besides digging. 

We are also looking into a granulated rattlesnake repellent. I need to research whether it’s nontoxic, effective and cost effective. By now, the rattlesnakes are hibernating, but it would be fantastic to have some sort of a control mechanism in place by the time they re-emerge next spring. 

Today, the drizzle is keeping us inside. It’s a wonderful day for practicing piano, homeschool prep, writing and blogging, knitting and cooking.

Overall, it’s been a wonderfully peaceful and restful weekend.